The Art Basel Circus Comes to Town

The tropical bacchanal of art fairs, private dinners and A-list parties known as Art Basel Miami Beach has returned with a vengeance. Here are some highlights from Tuesday night.

Ezinma, a violinist, performed at the Tag Heuer party.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times
The dinner scene.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times
Luis Fonsi, center.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

Sashimi and Watches

Sadly, the guest of honor at the Tag Heuer party wasn’t able to make it. The basketball star Jimmy Butler, who plays for the Miami Heat, was injured at a game on the weekend and sent along a video message instead. In his absence, Frédéric Arnault, the brand’s new chief executive, entertained guests.

Occasion: An intimate dinner to promote Tag Heuer’s new watch, the Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon.

The Room: Two long dinner tables on an illuminated Plexiglas stage were set up in the garden of a private home in Miami Beach.

In Attendance: Mr. Arnault, the actress Madelyn Cline, the musician Luisi Fonsi and the television host Paulina Vega.

Madelyn Cline Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

The Food: A family-style spread of Japanese-inspired dishes like sashimi, rib-eye with truffles and citrus wasabi cod.

Moment of the Night: Before dessert was served, the violinist Ezinma performed two pieces, including a cover of Mr. Fonsi’s “Despacito,” to his amusement. (He danced along.)

The Mood: “It’s my first time in Miami, and it’s been a blast,” Ms. Cline said. Is she planning to buy souvenirs? “My favorite souvenir to get or give from anywhere would be something corny. I love those big T-shirts that say, ‘I Heart Whatever City.’”

The dance floor at the Jean Paul Gaultier party at the Faena. Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times
The dance floor scene.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times
Mica Argañaraz, right.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

What School Night?

Jean Paul Gaultier’s name was on the invitation, but Mr. Gaultier himself was not in attendance. Still, that didn’t stop the art crowd from converging at the Faena Hotel after midnight and trying desperately to get past the bouncers.

Occasion: The installation of two new pieces by Pilar Zeta at the Faena.

The Room: The Theater, a space with a stage, chandelier and banquette that surrounds a dance floor.

In Attendance: The musician Macy Gray; Richie Shazam, a model, photographer and activist; the model Mica Argañaraz; the actor Josh O’Connor; the designer Jonathan Anderson; and DJ Honey Dijon.

Guests at the Jean Paul Gaultier party.Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

Moment of the Night: Around 12:30 a.m., the drag queen Violet Chachki performed a raunchy version of Meg Myer’s “Desire,” straddled atop a phallic sculpture.

The Mood: “I’m here for the ultimate escape and to embrace art,” Ms. Shazam said. “I’m excited to be partnering with Playboy and to be doing all of the fun fantasies they have in store for us.” Her favorite Playmate? “Pamela Anderson, always, everyday. I like her freedom and organic beauty, inside and out.”

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